Yemen suicide bomb narrowly misses UK ambassador
The Yemeni government is blaming Al Qaeda's regional wing for today's suicide bomb attack on UK Ambassador Timothy Torlot. While no one was killed, analysts say the attack shows Al Qaeda's continued threat.
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After the Christmas Day attack, Western governments pledged more security and development support to prevent impoverished Yemen from becoming a "failed state" and terrorist breeding ground. A string of terror attacks and attempts in the past few years include assaults on foreign tourists and a suicide attack on the US Embassy in September 2008 that killed 16 people.Skip to next paragraph
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The Christian Science Monitor reported earlier this month that the US is seeking to expand antiterror cooperation with Yemen, "where it believes a relatively new offshoot of Al Qaeda is gaining strength."
But Yemen recently balked at a US request for authorization to kill or capture Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is linked to the 9/11 attacks and believed to be hiding in Yemen. The government said it would need more evidence from the US on Mr. Awlaki's terror ties, the Monitor reported – a position that critics interpreted as the Yemeni government's reluctance to take on powerful tribes that have pledged to protect the preacher. The Yemeni Embassy in Washington later said that the government's comments had been misinterpreted.
The Yemeni government has been fighting off a dual threat over much of the past year, as a rebel movement in the north gained momentum and southern secessionists stepped up their fight. While Yemen declared an end to the war against the Houthi rebels in March, it is still battling separatists in the south, according to the latest conflict update from the International Crisis Group on April 1. In March the government said it had killed three Al Qaeda members in airstrikes and arrested 11 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists, the update said.
Sources at the British Embassy told the Yemen Post Monday that the embassy had been closed after the attack and would remain closed indefinitely.
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